Turner Schulman Graduate Fellowships

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Fall 2022
Opened: September 9
Closed: November 1

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) will award a number of Turner Schulman graduate fellowships for research expenses and travel undertaken during the 2022-2023 academic year. There will be a second CFA in the Spring.

Students may receive grants of up to $2,000 for research expenses. All full-time Penn graduate students enrolled in any school whose research focuses on social science approaches to race, ethnicity, or immigration in the United States or other countries are eligible to apply. CSERI research support may be combined with funding from other programs.

Examples of research-related activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Costs associated with field research and/or experimental research.
  • Travel to libraries, archives, special collections or other research sites.
  • Purchase of data, research materials, research-related software and/or specialized equipment.
  • Subject incentives and interview transcription.

The application packet must include:

  1. A 3-page proposal describing the proposed research, its relation to the dissertation, the methods for conducting the research (i.e. archival, quantitative, surveys, participant observer, secondary, and published primary sources, interviews, experimental, etc.), and a timeline.
  2. An itemized budget and brief budget narrative describing how the funds will be used. Students requesting funds for software should verify they are not eligible for access under the license of their department or other research centers (such as the Population Research Center).
  3. The applicant’s CV.
  4. A reference letter from the applicant’s dissertation advisor indicating their approval of and support for the applicant’s research plans. Please follow the directions in Interfolio for submitting letters confidentially. 

All grant recipients must be prepared to present their research at a seminar or poster session hosted by CSERI.

For further information, contact CSERI Administrator Anne Kalbach, akalbach@sas.upenn.edu.

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Students conducting projects in the social sciences on race, ethnicity, and immigration in Latin America and/or Latinx politics in the United States can also apply and receive additional advisory support from the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies. For specific information contact the CLALS program at clals-upenn@sas.upenn.edu.

Students are also encouraged to seek funding in conjunction with Africana Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and other social science units at Penn.